What I consider the cream of the crop, the best anime I've ever watched. Not all of the items on the list got five stars, and not all of my five star anime made it onto the list, because this list is about what anime have stuck with me the longest, had the most impact on me, or just resonated with me on a level that other shows and movies don't reach. In order to slim down the list, I didn't include multiple installments or seasons. With few exceptions, if you see a first season or first film on this list, you can assume that I am implicitly including all other installments/films/OVAs/etc. For example, I put Higurashi no Naku Koro ni on the list, but I personally thought Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai was even better. One of the exceptions is Last Exile. I thought the follow-up to Last Exile (Fam, the Silver Wing) was absolutely terrible. Nevertheless, the original season was outstanding. Another exception is Evangelion. I was not at all impressed with Evangelion 3.0, You Can (Not) Redo. Aside from that, though, I thought the original show (including all its OVAs and specials) were fantastic, and I also adore the first two Rebuild movies. For the most part, though, if a show or movie is on this list, you can assume that I think the whole franchise/IP/whatever is stellar.